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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $86.00
  • July 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-64096-0
  • 1440 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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David E. Shi (Author, Furman University)


The essential framework for student success in American History.

The Essential Learning Edition of America’s celebrated narrative offers a unique pedagogical program built around core objectives. In-chapter features guide reading, source activities guide analysis, and digital resources reinforce the reading and skill development, all providing a clear path for student success. The Second Edition has been made even more accessible and engaging with a streamlined narrative, expanded visuals, added coverage on the culture of daily life, and NEW History Skills Tutorials.


Guides student reading in the text and online.

Our most accessible version of the best-selling America family of books, the Essential Learning Edition simplifies Shi’s hallmark narrative while maintaining its lively storytelling style peppered with biographical sketches and fascinating anecdotes. Trimmed in length by 10%, the Second Edition delivers a sharpened focus on core learning objectives in the text, along with a richer art program for visual learners, that is extended online with the award-winning InQuizitive adaptive learning tool.

Engaging learning tools develop analytical skills

The pedagogy in both the text and digital resources facilitates more than mere comprehension and summary. It teaches students to analyze and interpret key course objectives identified by the American Historical Association, The College Board, and state guidelines. These tools help students think like historians. 

Updated scholarship makes history relevant

With each new edition David Shi incorporates NEW cutting-edge scholarship on social, political, and cultural history that students find relevant. The new edition includes a wide range of updates with an emphasis on the “culture of everyday life”. 

Packaging Options meet the need of every course.

The Essential Learning Edition’s exceptional value is further enhanced by an array of discount package options that permit instructors to assign, at nominal cost, supplemental works that serve their needs and interests.  

    Part One An Old “New” World
    Chapter 1: The Collision of Cultures in the 16th Century
    Chapter 2: England and Its American Colonies, 1607–1732
    Chapter 3: Colonial Ways of Life, 1607–1750
    Chapter 4: From Colonies to States, 1607–1776

    Part Two Building a Nation
    Chapter 5: The American Revolution, 1776–1783
    Chapter 6: Creating a “More Perfect Union,” 1783–1800
    Chapter 7: The Early Republic, 1800–1815

    Part Three An Expanding Nation
    Chapter 8: The Emergence of a Market Economy, 1815–1850
    Chapter 9: Nationalism and Sectionalism, 1815–1828
    Chapter 10: The Jacksonian Era, 1828–1840
    Chapter 11: The South and Slavery, 1800–1860
    Chapter 12: Religion, Romanticism, and Reform, 1800–1860

    Part FourA House Divided and Rebuilt
    Chapter 13: Western Expansion and Southern Secession, 1830–1861
    Chapter 14: The War of the Union, 1861–1865
    Chapter 15: Reconstruction, 1865–1877

    Part Five Growing Pains
    Chapter 16: Big Business and Organized Labor, 1860–1900
    Chapter 17: The South and the West Transformed, 1865–1900
    Chapter 18: Society and Politics in the Gilded Age, 1865–1900
    Chapter 19: Seizing an American Empire, 1865–1913

    Part Six Modern America
    Chapter 20: The Progressive Era, 1890–1920
    Chapter 21: America and the Great War, 1914–1920
    Chapter 22: A Clash of Cultures, 1920–1929
    Chapter 23: New Deal America, 1929–1939
    Chapter 24: The Second World War, 1933–1945

    Part Seven The American Age
    Chapter 25: The Cold War and the Fair Deal, 1945–1952
    Chapter 26: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age, 1950–1959
    Chapter 27: New Frontiers, 1960–1968
    Chapter 28: Rebellion and Reaction, the 1960s and 1970s
    Chapter 29: Conservative Revival, 1977–1990
    Chapter 30: Twenty-First-Century America, 1993–present 

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